Paul Hobbs' relationship with Stratus began in 2009, when he became the winery's viticultural and winemaking consultant. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, this is the first winery to be added to the Paul Hobbs Imports portfolio that extends beyond South America.
A perceived shortfall in grape supply, easing credit terms and favorable wine consumption trends in the U.S. set the stage for a strong year. That momentum is likely to continue in 2014, including possible moves from international buyers.
The top three owners of vineyard land in Sonoma County - Jackson Family Wines, E&J Gallo and Silverado Premium Properties - largely began their buying sprees in the 1980s, when vineyards cost half the price of what they sell for today.
Several wineries are laser-engraving their bottles with unique serial numbers. Other wineries are experimenting with hologrammed or bar-coded stickers placed half on the bottle, half on the capsule - the foil that covers the cork - that serve as id tags and will shred if removed.
The trial of Indonesian-born wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan opens in New York tomorrow, with prosecutors accusing him of masterminding a wildly lucrative fraud which saw ordinary bottles passed off as expensive vintages
The share of the top 35 global varieties rose from 59 per cent of plantings in 2000 to 66 per cent in 2010. Unsurprisingly, of course, this 'varietal concentration' is most apparent in New World countries